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Local Band Returns From Macy's Parade Performance

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Father Ryan Sophomore Jamie Spray and her mother Kim Spray Father Ryan Sophomore Jamie Spray and her mother Kim Spray

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- A local marching band that was in the national spotlight made its triumphant return home Saturday night. Members of the Father Ryan Marching Band came back to Nashville after marching in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

As the trip of a lifetime came to a close for 83 Father Ryan High School band members, Kim Spray could hardly wait another second to see her daughter, Jamie.

"They've been gone all week. She wasn't here for Thanksgiving. We put the tree up without her; it was kind of sad," said mother Kim Spray.

But Spray was able to watch her daughter on television like other Father Ryan families who stayed behind. The band put on quite a show at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and then performed a benefit show nearby to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

"When it's all said and done, that's probably one of the things I will remember most, even more so than walking down the streets of Manhattan," said Father Ryan Band Co-Director Derek Schletzer.

Jamie and the rest of the band practiced long hours for their parade performance. Turns out, the hardest part may have been the hours leading up to the show.

"We got up at 1:30 on Thanksgiving, and we went and practiced in the street at 1:00 in the morning, and then we slept on the bus until six, and then we got out and stood in the cold until nine," explained Father Ryan Sophomore Jamie Spray.

The Father Ryan Marching band may have performed in front of its largest crowd ever. More than three million lined the streets for the parade. More than 50 million watched the show on television.


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